Lo­cal students gather to honor fallen vic­tims of deadly at­tacks

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South Salem El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Holly Dubois doesn’t be­lieve ter­ror­ism is an ap­pro­pri­ate topic for young chil­dren, but she does be­lieve in hav­ing chil­dren re­mem­ber their coun­try’s past and honor the heroes that pro­tect them.

The staff at South Salem held a 9/11 Re­mem­brance Pro­gram Tues­day morn­ing, in­clud­ing spe­cial guests, the pre­sent­ing of the flag and low­er­ing to half mast and the singing of “Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful.”

Dubois has been hold­ing such cer­e­monies since the first an­niver­sary of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks, when she was a prin­ci­pal at Fairview El­e­men­tary.

“I felt it was nec­es­sary to re­mem­ber the tremen­dous loss from that day, but also to show our chil­dren how we, as Amer­i­cans, re­claimed what it meant to be an Amer­i­can and what we stood for,” Dubois said in an email Tues­day. “Out of all the tragedy from 9/11, a new re­spect for first re­spon­ders emerged. Pride and honor were once again be­stowed upon our Armed Forces. The Amer­i­can Flag be­came a sym­bol of hope, heal­ing and unity. I wanted the students to know what was lost that day, but more im­por­tantly what was gained.”

Teach­ers had their classes fo­cus on the event, in­clud­ing fourth-grade teacher Dani Lyons, who had her students write a short pa­per about Tues­day’s event and 9/11 and why 9/11 is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber.

Pho­tos by Wil­liam Braw­ley /The Cov­ing­ton News

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